Magnolia Blossoms and
Louisiana Irises Indigenous Flowers of Louisiana
The state of Louisiana is home to many native or indigenous flowers and plants.
While the Louisiana Iris stands as the wildflower of the state, the official
state flower title was given to the Magnolia grandiflora L. or simply known as
the Magnolia blossoms.
Louisiana Irises, Louisiana’s State Wildflower are native species of the state.
These indigenous flowers Louisiana are hybridized since then and irises of
different variations were developed. Different variations of hybridized
Louisiana Irises are now grown in most areas of the country.
In early spring, the Louisiana Iris blooms and covers most of the state’s bayous
and swamps with its strikingly beautiful flower. The blooms last up until June.
These indigenous wildflowers are finished blooming during this month of the
Meanwhile, during the summer season, the state of Louisiana is covered with
blossoms of the Magnolia grandiflora L. that comes from numerous magnolia trees
found in the state. The magnolia tree which belongs to the evergreen family
specie produces thousands of magnolia blossoms this time of year. Magnolia
flowers are showy and large in creamy-white colors. These particular indigenous
flowers of Louisiana are fragrantly-rich lemon scented blossoms.
Both the state of Louisiana and Mississippi is using the same state flower. The
legislative action that declared Magnolia blossoms as Louisiana’s state flower
was approved on July 12, 1900. However, the variety was not specified in the
legislative action. It was George Earlie Shankle who identified the intended
specie of Magnolia blossom. Under the legislative action by the state of
Louisiana from Shankle, the designated state flower of Louisiana was the
Magnolia grandiflora or Magnolia foetida. This particular specie of Magnolia
blossom was chosen under probable cause that there’s an abundant growth of the
Magnolia tree all throughout the state of Louisiana.
In the year 1941, a group named “Mary Swords DeBaillon Louisiana Native Iris
Society” was formed by Louisiana Iris enthusiasts. Then in 1948, the name was
changed into Society for Louisiana Irises. Society for Louisiana Irises proposed
that the Magnolia Blossom be replaced with the Louisiana Iris under legislation
in 1950. The proposed legislation intended the Magnolia to become Louisiana’s
official tree instead, efforts to appease the supporters of the magnolia
The controversial debate between the two opposing groups supporting their
respective flowers grew heated at times. Louisiana Iris enthusiasts contended
that the Magnolia grandiflora is not unique and is only grown in the southern
part of the state when Magnolia supporters criticized Louisiana Irises for
giving Louisiana the impression of being a swampland where houses are on stilts
and alligators are trained to become watchdogs. In addition, groups supporting
Louisiana Irises argued that these indigenous wildflowers are easily grown
everywhere. In 1990 as it was noted, Louisiana Iris was adopted as the
wildflower of the state.
Louisiana Iris was defeated to have been named as the state flower but gained
recognition as Louisiana’s State Wildflower. Up to this date, Magnolia blossoms
remain as the state flower of Louisiana. For over a hundred years, the Magnolia
grandiflora is celebrating as the official State Flower of Louisiana.
Spring festival slated for March
Sulphur Southwest Daily
News, LA - Mar 5, 2008
The Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival is
celebrating gardening with its 9th Annual Show and Plant
Extravaganza about gardening, flowers, trees, shrubs, ...